To repent means to change or have a change of mind. It is a turning from an old way of living to a new. This change of mind involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God. "Repent! Turn away from all your offences; then sin will not be your downfall." - Ezekiel 18:30
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." - Acts 3: 19. "There is rejoicing in the presence of the Angels of God over one sinner who repents"- Luke 15: 10.
Repentance is a change of purpose in life and specifically a turning from sin. Repentance is not merely a human work or effort, it is a sovereignly gift from God.
In the bible, Peter repented, and he became a mighty rock in the structure of the Church of Christ. Elements of Genuine Repentance
1. Turning to God
2. Turning from evil/sin
3. Beginning to serve God.
You must know what is right before you can know what is wrong. There can be no turning back unless first there is a conviction that you are going the wrong way. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit upon the soul.
Contrition or godly sorrow is a sincere regret over past sins and an earnest desire to walk in a new path of righteousness. In Psalm 34: 18, the bible states; "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit". Godly sorrow leads to repentance and new life.
The idea of changing
Changing your mind, changing your attitude, changing your ways. 2 Corinthians 7: 10," For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation..." If we are truly repentant, our will is brought into action and we will make a reversal of direction.
And God seeing that we are in earnest gives us the gift of eternal life. Those who have genuinely repented, will stop doing evil and begin to live righteously.
Have you repented?
Have you changed?
Is your life different from how it used to be?
When you sincerely repent, God does the converting and He blots out your sins. Repentance sincerely involves a state of mind, a disposition.
Repentance is more than a one-time act, it is a life of obedience that involves continual changes - spiritual growth - in a continuous desire to do the will of God, not merely for the purpose of reaping the rewards of obedience, but because it is right in the sight of God.
Repentance and faith go hand in hand. You cannot have saving repentance unless it is accompanied by saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must receive Christ by faith. Your life can be changed. Your sins can be forgiven. You can live a new life
When we do finally repent and surrender our lives to Him, He most graciously, and without hesitation, pardon our transgressions
2 Peter 3: 9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance".
Repent, for the second coming of Christ is so near!